The Treatment

by Suzanne Young

The world rests in the hands of two rebels facing a problem that might end life as we know it. The Treatment is a story of two lovers who struggle to stay alive, as they face a suicide epidemic.  

The Treatment is an amazing book because it helps motivate you to not give up, no matter how bad the situation is. I loved the way the author depicted the scenes. The well thought-out descriptions allowed me to imagine what is going on in my head.

I would recommend this book to people ages 14 and older because of its romance. Its uses a lot of sexual content that I believe would be inappropriate to readers less than 14 years old. It also uses inappropriate language.

Sara, 14

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Paper Towns

John Green

Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green is the third book by the author whose tragic novel The Fault in Our Stars stayed on top of the New York Times Bestseller List for 49 weeks on end. It follows Quentin Jacobsen, a high school senior from Orlando whose life has been spent next door to the mysterious Margo Roth Spiegelman, a girl with a propensity for disappearing and carefully leaving behind clues as to where she’s run off to. One night she climbs in his window and asks him for help on a brilliant escapade of revenge, and he tags along. After their all night campaign of destruction, Quentin (or Q) arrives at school and finds that Margo is no longer there. He enlists the help of his friends Radar and Ben to help him follow her scarce hints and find where Margo Roth Spiegelman might have hid herself- even though as they seem to get closer, she seems to be farther away.

This novel is Green’s under-appreciated masterpiece, raw and gripping at every turn. The characters were far from the average trite, two-dimensional high school kids found in too many young adult books- Q, Ben, Margo, Lacey, and Radar (whose parents hilariously own the world’s largest collection of black Santas) are written with real depth and a surprising realism. They suffer from the same stresses and expectations all teenagers do, and they manage to be funny but very thoughtful, and deeply moving. Green makes you feel Q’s anguish and fear as the reader’s own, he makes you feel the giddy high of the night of revenge and the heartbreak of the concluding pages.

It is a soon to be major motion picture, and it needs to be read by anyone with a love for young adult fiction. It proves to be one of the books you can fall into and not return from until you have flipped closed the back cover, and it deserves easily its five stars.

Jake, 15

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Hollow City

by Ransom Riggs

The sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City is the continuance of the journey of Jacob and his newly found peculiar friends. After leaving the island of Cairnholm, Miss Peregrine's wards search for escape from the wights and hollowgasts that seem to be everywhere. They learn that their headmistress can only be helped by a fellow ymbryne, so they devote themselves to finding the one yet to be captured.

I like this book a lot, it was exciting to learn that there will be another coming afterwards. I love how Ransom Riggs uses real, vintage photographs to tie together the intricate story. I can really visualize what he writes, which is very fun. Another thing I loved was that it took place in 1940 primarily, which is an era I'm interested in.

I would recommend this book to people who like strange stories, facts, old things, or the first book in the series. Anyone who is interested in the 1940's, strange phenomena, or just an exciting, cute story will likely adore this novel.

Desiree, 14

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The City of Ember

by Jeanne DuPrau

City of EmberIn the underground City of Ember, the only source of light comes from the street lamps, and beyond the city is the unknown territory. When the lamps start flickering, everyone starts to suspect that eventually the entire city will go dark. Lina and Doon, two little heroes, work together to save their people from their dying city.

I enjoyed this book. It was an intriguing idea, a city underground lit only by street lamps. I enjoyed reading about the mystery of their city and how they were trying to save their people.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading about interesting and different societies.

Chanel, 15

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The People of Sparks

by Jeanne DuPrau

People of SparksIn the the second book of the City of Ember series, after Lina and Doon save their people from their dying city, they have to figure out how to survive in a world unlike their own. They get some help from a small town called Sparks, but they must first work out their differences if they will ever be able to work and live together.

I did not really enjoy this book. I was expecting more from the sequel to the City of Ember series.

I would recommend this book to a younger audience if they have already read the first book in the series and they enjoyed it. I would not recommend it to anyone who is expecting the second book to be as great as the first one.

Chanel, 15

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The Prophet of Yonwood

by Jeanne DuPrau

Prophet of YonwoodIn the prequel to the City of Ember series, Nickie, an eleven year-old tries her best to complete her three goals. One of her goals is to help save her almost destroyed world. The story follows her ups and downs in the town of Yonwood, where the Prophet was said to see into the future of the world.

This was not my favorite book. I did not really enjoy the plot and I did not find the prequel to why the City of Ember was built very interesting. I did enjoy how at the end, all of these loose ties and unknown facts came together, but the whole book was not as interesting.

I would recommend this to a younger audience. I think that they would enjoy the plot and characters more than I did. If you enjoyed the City of Ember, then I cannot guarantee that you will enjoy this book because it is not the same characters or story. I would recommend it to anyone who is curious to know why the City of Ember was built.

Chanel, 15

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Diamond of Darkhold

by Jeanne DuPrau

Diamond of DarkholdIn the fourth book of The City Ember, Lina and Doon go on an adventure to find hidden treasures from their old city to help sustain their new city during the Winter. Some complications occur, such as Doon being captured, and Lina having to get help alone, but they their pursue their journey because they want to help their people.

This was not the best book in the series. I enjoyed the first book, The City of Ember, way more than the rest of the series because after three books, I was already tired of the plot and the characters.

I would recommend this book to a younger audience. They would probably not get too tired of the characters, as I did. Hopefully, they enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first one in the series.

Chanel, 15

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Allegiant

by Veronica Roth

AllegiantIn the third book to the Divergent series, Tris and her friends work to answer questions about their society and previous and current leadership. Tobias's mom tries to take over the city, while Tris and her friends leave to find out more about their mysterious society. Once again, Tris and her friends assume the roles as heroes and work to free their people from unwanted leadership.

I enjoyed this book because it wrapped up the series nicely. It explained how their society came to be, and it gave more history into Tris's parents.

I would recommend this to anyone who read the first two books in the series and I would recommend the entire series to anybody who enjoys a good read.

Chanel, 15

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The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars followed two teenage cancer victims. Both of them had a serious form of cancer and they knew that eventually it would win, but they still managed to make a little infinity together.

The book was amazing. It would take you from tears to pure joy and then back to tears again. The moral of the story was just heart-warming: No matter how much time you have left, you can always find happiness and love. It was just a beautiful story.

I would recommend this book to everyone who loves to read a sweet love story with heart-ache and heart-warming scenes. It was just amazing how realistic the characters seemed, which forced you to feel many emotions, ranging from sadness to pure joy. I would definitely recommend this to everyone, it is a must-read.

Chanel, 15

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1984

by George Orwell

19841984 was a story set in a futuristic, dystopian society. The society had telescreens everywhere and they watched everyone at all times. If you showed any signs of rebellion toward the leader, Big Brother, the Thought Police would take you away and you would disappear. This story followed Winston, the main character, and his rebellious journey in a world where everything is manipulated and everyone is watched.

I enjoyed reading this book because it was intriguing to see how a society like that works and lasts that long. Most of my favorite books are set in a dystopian, futuristic society, so this novel fit perfectly with my interests.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who is intrigued my those sort of societies. It is a classic and everyone should be exposed to it.

Chanel, 15

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Pretties

by Scott Westerfeld

PrettiesAt the end of the first book in the series, Tally agrees to become pretty to be a test subject so that she can save her best friend from the pretty operation. But, when she is pretty, she sees no problem with staying pretty. In this book, it follows Tally's journey of changing her mental state to stay normal.

I liked this book a lot. It was interesting to see how the society worked and why it worked that way. I also like to see Tally and her journey to stay normal.

I would recommend this book to anyone who read the first one in the series. It picks up right where the first book left off.

Chanel, 15

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Divergent

by Veronica Roth

DivergentThis book is about a girl who has to choose what faction she wants to go to. The factions are Abnegation, Amity, Euriodite, Candor, and Dauntless. Before she has to choose, she has to figure out is she is selfless enough.

This book was amazing. Tris turned out to be one of the best characters in this book for me because of the way she acts. I also figured out that I would want to be dauntless out of all of the factions because you have to be brave in order to be in that faction

I would recommend this book to others because it was such a great book. This book is very suspenseful. Make sure you grab the other books in this series. You will be disappointed if you can't complete this series after you finish this awesome book!

Rebecka, 15

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Also Known As

by Robin Benway

Also Known As

Which would you rather do? Be an international spy or go to high school? Maggie Silver gets to be both. Coming back to New York for the first time in years, Maggie gets the chance to go on her first solo assignment at a ritzy private school to befriend a cute son of a potential national security threat, while of course not blowing her cover.

I really wanted to like this book, I read the synopsis and thought "Yes! A spy book!" However, it was really disappointing as the story-line fell flat.

I wouldn't recommend this book because like I said before, the plot was uneventful. Also the the book felt really rushed, if there had been at least another 50 pages, it could have turned out a lot better.

Audrey, 16

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How My Summer Went Up in Flames

by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

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"I did not blow up Joey' s car. It caught fire!" To be honest Rosie really
didn't. Now that her ex boyfriend has enforced a restraining order against her, Rosie' s parents decide to send her on a cross country road trip with her neighbor Marty and his two friends. With the distraction of 3 guys she begins to forget about her ex and start enjoying what this trip has to offer her.

I liked some parts of it, but I just found it really unrealistic. It started out alright, but the main character wasn't strong enough to hold it all together.

I honestly don't think I would recommend this book. It's basically a fluff book that has no purpose but to mildly entertain you.

Audrey, 16

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Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlCather and Wren are twins who are about to go off to college for their freshman year. They are total opposites, however both write fanfiction the popular Simon Snow series. As they go off to college, Cather realizes that Wren and her want two different college experiences, making her feel abandoned. In comes Levi and Regan, the two people who actually make her feel happy and wanted. With these two friends and her computer of course, Cather just might have an exceptionally great year.

I thought this book was okay, there was nothing exceptional that made it amazing. Although I personally liked the hardships she faced/realized, that everything is not always as it seems.

I might, but I felt as if this book dragged on for awhile. Also, there was a lot of hype about this book and it didn't live up to the expectations.

Audrey, 16

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